School choir to sing at Wesley Manor

11/6/2007

Wesley Manor Retirement Community will honor Hattiesburg-area veterans with a music program featuring the Oak Grove Middle School chorus.

The 110-member choral group will perform patriotic selections, including a salute to each of the United States armed forces. Veterans Day is Nov. 11. “Music at the Manor” is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 and is free and open to the public.

“We’ll be singing the service songs for each branch of the military,” said Chadd Watson, director of the chorus. “Other selections include Song from the Unsung Hero, which was written post-9/11, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and American the Beautiful.”

Robert Escudero, a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, served in active duty from 1966 through 1969, including a tour in Vietnam for 13 months. Escudero, who holds a doctorate in education and works as the director of student support services at Pearl River Community College, will welcome veterans and their families to the event at Wesley Manor, a campus of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, Inc.

Bill Powell, maintenance supervisor at Wesley Manor and veteran of the Gulf War and Iraqi war, recently retired as chief warrant officer, CW4, from the Army Reserve after 38 years of service. Powell will recognize veterans in attendance, including 11 veterans in residence at Wesley Manor who served in World War II, the Vietnam War and in numerous years in service stateside.